Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Luca Vildoza Transfers to Olympiacos from Panathinaikos

In a major turn of events, Luca Vildoza has signed a two-year contract with Olympiacos after being released from Panathinaikos. This transfer marks Vildoza as the second significant acquisition for Olympiacos, following the signing of Tyler Dorsey. 

Vildoza's move is notable as he becomes the sixth foreign player to switch directly between the two Greek basketball powerhouses without any intermediate stops. This transfer places him among a select group of players who have made similar moves, including:
Zarko Paspalj (1994): From Olympiacos to Panathinaikos
Alexander Volkov (1994): From Panathinaikos to Olympiacos
Johnny Rogers (1999): From Olympiacos to Panathinaikos
Andrija Zizic (2007): From Olympiacos to Panathinaikos
Matt Lojeski (2017): From Olympiacos to Panathinaikos

Olympiacos' Official Announcement

The official statement from Olympiacos read: "Olympiacos BC announces the acquisition of Luca Vildoza. The Argentine guard has signed a two-year contract with our team."

Luca Vildoza: Player Profile

Date of Birth: August 11, 1995
Nationality: Argentine-Italian
Height: 1.91m
Position: Guard

Career Journey and Statistics

Early Career in Argentina

Quilmes (2012–2016): Vildoza began his professional career with Quilmes in Argentina, showing steady development and increasing his contributions each season.

    2011-12 Season: 1.7 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists in 6.1 minutes per game.
    2011-12 Season: 1.0 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.1 assists in 4.1 minutes per game.
    2013-14 Season: 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists in 18.3 minutes per game.
    2014-15 Season: 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 23.2 minutes per game.
    2015-16 Season: 14.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists in 26.2 minutes per game.
    2016-17 Season: 16.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists in 31.6 minutes per game.

European Experience

Baskonia (2016–2021): Vildoza then moved to Europe, joining Baskonia in Spain, where he continued to improve and became a key player.

    2017-18 Season: 6.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 12.7 minutes per game.
    2018-19 Season: 9.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists in 23.5 minutes per game.
    2019-20 Season: 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists in 23.6 minutes per game.
    2020-21 Season: 10.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists in 23.0 minutes per game.

Short Stints:

    Milwaukee Bucks (2022): Brief period in the NBA.
    Crvena zvezda (2022–2023): 9.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists in 20.3 minutes per game.

Panathinaikos (2023–2024):

    EuroLeague 2023-24 Season: 5.7 points, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals in 14:56 minutes per game over 28 games.
    Basket League 2023-24 Season: 6.3 points, 2.8 assists, 1 steal in 18:40 minutes per game over 23 games.

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